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Stocks Melt Following The Fed

By Michael KramerStock MarketsJan 27, 2022 12:13AM ET
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Stocks Melt Following The Fed
By Michael Kramer   |  Jan 27, 2022 12:13AM ET
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It was another wild session, but stocks started higher and finished lower this time. The S&P 500 was trading more than 2% higher to finish down on the day by 15 bps. Wednesday was the big FOMC announcement, and the bulls didn’t get their less hawkish surprise; they got the Powell which we saw two weeks ago, talking about balance sheet runoffs and an economy that can handle multiple rate hikes.

When asked about the market volatility, he shrugged it off and said he was focused on the real economy and achieving their mandates and not using only one market to assess financial conditions. You can watch it right around the 27:30 mark. Given its size and duration, he also talked about the balance sheet running off sooner and faster than the 2017/18 scenario.

Additionally, he noted that the Fed was likely to raise rates soon, which is the code word for at the next meeting. At least that was what it was in the previous iteration. So basically, the market didn’t get a less hawkish Fed; it potentially got an even more hawkish Fed.

Yesterday, there were many more details than in the confirmation hearings two weeks. That, of course, sent the 2-year yield higher by 13 bps to 1.15% and the 10-year up to 1.87%. It helped to flatten the curve to around 72 basis points.

Additionally, the Fed Funds futures for December were trading at 1.17%, indicating that the 2-year yield needed to rise much higher, as I have been saying probably to 1.4%.

US 2 Year Yield Daily Chart
US 2 Year Yield Daily Chart

5-Yr TIP

But most importantly of all, the 5-yr TIP “real” yield rose to -1.04%, from around -1.20 pre-FOMC, a massive Intraday move. Once the real yield started to move, it was over for the stock market.

US 5-Yr TIP Chart
US 5-Yr TIP Chart

The 5-year TIP is now trading above its Jan. 20 high of -1.06%, and I don’t see how the NASDAQ can push to new highs, or even within 5% of those highs, with real yields rising and earnings estimates falling.

Worse is that the 5-year TIP was likely heading to -0.50 bps, so it had much further to climb still. The chart below shows an inverted (upside-down) NASDAQ.

US 5-Year TIP Chart
US 5-Year TIP Chart

NASDAQ

The Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ:QQQ)s melted all afternoon, dropping to and holding support around $342. Once that breaks, I think we should quickly take out the lows and start heading towards $330.

QQQ Chart
QQQ Chart

S&P 500

What was bad for the S&P 500 was that we spent nearly all day trying to clear the 200-day moving average and failed miserably, not a good sign.

SPX Daily Chart
SPX Daily Chart

Due to the move up yesterday morning, I changed my pennant pattern into a bear flag. If I were to project that bear flag out, it could lead to a drop to 4,050, a decline of another 8%.

SPX 1-Hr Chart
SPX 1-Hr Chart

Microsoft

The conference call saved Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) yesterday, which provided better-than-expected revenue guidance. The stock managed to get back to resistance at $305 and couldn’t get further. I think the solid results and guidance will help support Microsoft, meaning that it may fall less in a big move lower in the broader indexes. But support at $282 would be critical to maintain.

MSFT 1-Hr Chart
MSFT 1-Hr Chart

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Babita Bhardwaj
Babita Bhardwaj Jan 28, 2022 10:45AM ET
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Great Insights !Thanks
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Love reading your messages!
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Great 👌, Thanks
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Always look forward to your message keeping us well informed. Thanks Michael...
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Thanks.
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The question that remains: will the stock market be able to recover this year with a stronger dollar and 10y yield. We might see an extended bear market in 2022
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Good write, as always, thank you for your work.
 
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